an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan.
While Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation. His religious sentiment and association with John Newton (who ... more »
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- God Moves In A Mysterious Way
- Abuse of the Gospel
- A Riddle
- Epitaphium Alterum
- Lines Written During A Period Of Insanit...
- A Comparison
- A Song : On The Green Margin
- Idem Latine Redditum
- Epitaphium Alterum
- In Seditionem Horrendam, Corruptelis Gal...
- Hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion
- Afflictions Sanctified by the Word
- A Child Of God Longing To See Him Belove...
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A fretful temper will divideWilliam Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. "Friendship," (written 1781, published 1800).
The closest knot that may be tied,
By ceaseless sharp corrosion;
A temper passionate and fierce
May suddenly your joys disperse
At one i...
''His purposes will ripen fast,William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. God moves in a mysterious way (l. 17-20). . . Seven Centuries of Poetry; Chaucer to Dylan Thomas. A. N. ...
Unfolding ev'ry hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow'r.''
''John Gilpin was a citizenWilliam Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. John Gilpin (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1983) Oxf...
Of credit and renown,
A train-band captain eke was he
Of famous London town.''
''Now let us sing, Long live the king,William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. John Gilpin (l. 249-252). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1983)...
And Gilpin long live he;
And when he next doth ride abroad,
May I be there to see!''
''Mr. Grenville squeezed me by the hand again, kissed the ladies, and withdrew. He kissed likewise the maid in the kitchen, and seemed upon the whole a most loving, kissing, kind-hearted gentleman.''William Cowper (1731-1800), British poet. Letter, March 29, 1874. Letters and Prose Writings of William Cowper, vol. 2, eds. J. King and C. Ryskamp (1...
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